El Sabino Gordo bar where 20 were killed
Authorities in the northern Mexican city of Torreon said Saturday that they found 10 “mutilated” bodies inside the back of a truck…
The seven men and three women appear to have been killed several days ago in various locations outside the city and then later brought in, Notimex reported.
The news agency said authorities also had reports of human heads, found throughout Torreon, but it was not immediately clear whether those heads belonged to the bodies in the truck.
Separately, gunmen entered a downtown bar in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey and shot 20 people dead, police told the state-run news agency Saturday.
A preliminary investigation suggests that attack was sparked by a dispute between organized crime groups for control of the El Sabino Gordo nightclub, where drugs are allegedly sold, said Jorge Domene Zambrano, a public safety spokesman.
In a third incident, the bodies of 10 men and a woman were found Friday afternoon on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City, a Valle de Chalco municipal government official said in a statement.
The public security official, Javier Garcia, said the victims — all of whom were in handcuffs and bound with tape — had been shot.
Nationwide, there have been some 35,000 drug-related deaths since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on the cartels in December 2006, the Mexican government says.
So, uh, what numbers are meaningful? These deaths are generally characterized as being members of drug gangs – killing each other off. How much of the nation’s population is working for these gangs?
The numbers don’t seem to diminish. The killings don’t seem to slow down, week by week, month by month. I don’t have a personal stake in the slaughter in Mexico except when it slops over into New Mexico – which happens often enough to be accepted as part of the “local” drug scene.
Is Calderon’s war on gangs an effective weapon? If so – when is there to be a qualitative change?